CARDS EXTRAS

Rosenthal strong enough to handle heavy load

2013-05-21T11:50:00Z 2013-05-22T13:48:20Z Rosenthal strong enough to handle heavy loadBy Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196 stltoday.com

SAN DIEGO • Cardinals righthander Trevor Rosenthal hasn’t allowed an earned run in his past 11 appearances and he has struck out at least one batter in each of his past 10 appearances, totalling 15 strikeouts in nine innings. 

Rosenthal, a rookie, is on pace for more than 80 games, but Matheny said he wasn’t concerned.

“It’s a growing concern for all you (media) guys,” he said. “At times he’s felt very good and we’ve still shut him down a couple days.”

Rosenthal had pitched in three games in a row and four of the past five before sitting out Monday's 4-2 loss to the Padres.

“He’s one of the physically strongest guys we have,” Matheny said. “If we find it’s affecting him, we change course. He prepared to be a starter this year. He prepared for 200 innings. We’re not going to give him that.

"But we’re going to give him an opportunity to help us win. And that’s what he’s been helping us do.”

LYONS, GARCIA HEAD DIFFERENT WAYS

Lefthanded pitcher Tyler Lyons, who will start Wednesday’s series finale, will join the Cardinals today from Class AAA Memphis.

Wednesday is when injured pitcher Jaime Garcia will see Dr. James Andrews, who has clinics in Pensacola, Fla., and Birmingham, Ala., to assess the recurring damage in Garcia’s left shoulder.

“I know (Garcia) is going to get a couple of looks,” Matheny said.

Rick is a baseball writer/columnist at the Post-Dispatch 

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